Informational Interview Process



Suggested phone message:

Ms./Mr. XXXXXXX: This is XXXXXXXXXX and XXXXXXXX suggested I reach out to you. We have in common both an avocation for Boston and as a goalie in ice hockey. 

I am a recent grad of University of New Hampshire, where I majored in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies. You may not know that UNH is ranked #2 nationally for their undergraduate Entrepreneurial Studies program. As part of the college requirements, I completed 5 marketing projects including one where we rationalized product lines for a Pottery Barn-type home furnishings firm and recommended the elimination of 2 product lines and the introduction of “impulse” items. I can explain further. 

I am targeting the most challenging position where I can made the biggest difference in the Boston area. 

Would you have just 15 minutes and I promise, just 15 minutes, to meet over a cup of coffee or whatever else is convenient in the next week or so to give me advice on wants I can use my background to maximize my chances to find the position I seek. I have no scheduling restrictions and of course, I can meet you in NJ or NYC. 

I’m send you more information, including a resume, via email now. I’m available to answer any questions you have via email or phone and if you don’t mind, I’ll follow-up with you tomorrow morning between 8:30 am and 9:30 am. 

Thanks you for your time. 

Suggested cover letter: 

Ms./Mr. XXXXXXXX: Per my voice mail, attached is my resume. 

As I explained in the voice mail, John Breault suggested I reach out to you. We have in common both an advocation for Boston and as a goalie in ice hockey. 

I am a recent grad of University of New Hampshire, where I majored in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies. You may not know that UNH is ranked #2 nationally for their undergraduate Entrepreneurial Studies program. Others have said the relevant experience I obtained through college is an edge I have over other recent college graduates as is my perseverance, about which I can explain more when we meet in person, I hope. 

I am targeting the most challenging marketing position where I can made the biggest difference in the Boston area. 

Would you have just 15 minutes and I promise, just 15 minutes, to meet over a cup of coffee or whatever else is convenient in the next week or so to give me advice on wants I can use my background to maximize my chances to find the position I seek. I have no scheduling restrictions and of course, I can meet you in NJ or NYC. 

I’m available to answer any questions you have via email or phone and if you don’t mind, I’ll follow-up with you tomorrow morning between 8:30 am and 9:30am. 

Thank you for your time. 

Suggested thank you after interview

Mr./Ms. XXXXXXX: Thank you for your time today. 

These are my three take ways from our discussion: 

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As discussed, it would be great if you could refer me to others like yourself who might have a few minutes to advice me on using my background to contribute to firms needing marketing expertise. 

Please let me know, if you have any ideas that might be helpful to me beyond what we spoke about. 

Here’s the follow-up items that I promised you: 

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Again, thank you for your time and I’ll follow next Tuesday between 8:30 and 9:30 am if I don’t hear from you by then.

Suggested update email:

Ms./Mr. XXXXXXXX: I told you I’d keep you up-to-date with my progress, and I can’t believe how much I’ve made given your help and that of others. 

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I appreciate your continued help.  Yell if I can do anything for you.